50 Sheds of Grey

(A Parody) by C.T. Grey (Boxtree) ISBN: 978-0-7522-6545-2 

When I received this book to review, three things drew my attention. The first one was the blurb.“Hurt me!” she begged, raising her skirt as she bent over the workbench. “Very Well,” I replied, “You’ve got fat ankles and no dress sense.”

I just knew that I would enjoy reading this little book. The layout of the book was the second thing to impress me. It’s well laid out, easy to read (no more than an hour) and the pictures of sheds are beautiful. A perfect gift for that difficult-to-please person. 

The final thing to capture my attention was the sense of humour. It is written from a male’s perspective of the 2012 block-buster: 50 Shades of Grey, and had me grinning from beginning to end. The story is told from Mr Grey’s perspective (a play on author’s name and the love interest in the popular book) and how he is seduced but can never understand what women really want. In typical male fashion he sees life as black and white. 

The author (is it really C.T. Grey?) makes use of pun, ambiguity and innuendo. ‘Lady Christina bit her lip as she eyed my dripping brush. Somehow I knew it wouldn’t be long before I’d be touching up her gazebo’. The writing is intelligent and the innuendo is more of a turn-on than the original story. But, don’t take my word for it. Read it and decide. 

Ulrike Hill

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